Answered By: Reference Staff
Last Updated: Jun 27, 2019     Views: 45

Patrons can borrow most library materials, including DVDs and video games, for 21 days. DVDs and video games are no longer unusual or limited collections that need special limits.  

Having the same loan period for most items makes it easier for people to remember due dates. It also meets the needs of the Library’s many patrons who cannot come to the library weekly (such as rural residents, those with a long commute, people who do not have reliable transportation access, etc.).

The Library cares about wait times for these popular items, and wants to keep them short. We look at our holds lists and checkouts weekly to make sure we have enough copies to meet the need in our community. We order more copies when the wait list is too long. We are always exploring ways to reduce the turnaround time between borrowers.

We don’t base loan periods on the length of a book or other material, and we don’t know how patrons are using the items they borrow. Some patrons like to watch DVDs more than once, the same way many families read the same book or listen to the same CD more than once. The Library allows patrons to make their own decisions about how they use the items they borrow.

As always, even with a 21-day loan, some patrons return items early. Many people come to the library more often to pick up holds, browse and borrow items.

The best way to get what you want quickly is to place a hold. Then someone who has it checked out can’t renew it.

LINK+ is also a great way to get materials that are out of print or hard to find.